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Villanueva de Sigena is a village of about 400 people (2018) in Aragon. The Monastery of Santa María de Sigena is about 5 km south of the village.


Villanueva de Sigena or Villanueva de Sijena is a small village in Los Monegros, in the province of Huesca, autonomous community of Aragon (Spain), near the Alcanadre river.

Villanueva de Sigena is the birthplace of the physician and heterodox theologian, Michael Servetus (1511-1553). Servetus was the discoverer of pulmonary circulation. A museum and interpretation centre is maintained by the Michael Servetus Institute at the old house were Servetus was born, after a major restoration in 2002.

Get in[edit]

It is possible to travel to Villanueva by bus or car.

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to be fully accessible by foot.

There are several free parking spaces around the town.


The Monastery of Santa María de Sigena
  • 1 The Royal Monastery of Santa María de Sigena (5 km south). A convent built between 1183 and 1208, with a the Romanesque church. Artworks include the royal tombs of Sancha and Peter of Castile, while the former abbess' throne is in the Diocesan and Comarcal Museum of Lleida. Royal Monastery of Santa María de Sigena (Q3572674) on Wikidata Royal Monastery of Santa María de Sigena on Wikipedia
  • Michael Servetus Institute






  • Casa Helvética, C/ Diputación Provincial, 13. (in the centre of the town), +34 658 991 478. There are three beautifully decorated rural tourism apartments available. Open all year round.


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